The newly-appointed Director General of the Labour Party, LP, presidential campaign council, Akin Osuntokun says he has abandoned his ambition to contest for senatorial seat in the 2023 general elections.
Osuntokun, who was announced as the DG of the LP campaign council on Tuesday, took over from Doyin Okupe who resigned from the position after he was convicted for breaching the Money Laundering Act.
Speaking in an interview with Channels Television on Wednesday during a programme Politics Today, Osuntokun, who is still listed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as the senatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, ZLP, for Ekiti Central District, described his position as the campaign DG of LP as a ”higher order of priority.”
And when asked if he had dropped his ambition, he answered, “I have abandoned it.”
“The campaign office has issued a press statement in that respect. What law have i breached in accepting the appointment?, What law has the presidential candidate who appointed me breached?” he asked.
“So, it is a redundant question at any rate. It is of no consequence at all, whether legally or constitutionally. There is no moral burden at all.
“It is a higher order of priority. As a citizen of this nation with a realistic appreciation of what we need to move Nigeria forward, you cannot compare an aspiration to be in the senate to the position I just occupied.
“I have no moral burden. I am moving to a higher sacrificial position. I don’t need to publicly declare it. I have the perfect freedom to decide what to do at any minute, as long I did not breach any legal position.
”The step I am taking is of the greater moral consequence for the country.”